Islanders looking for contributions up and down lineup in playoffs

Jason Malloy
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The Charlottetown Islanders think their depth could be a key in the first round of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League playoffs.

The Islanders leave today for Rimouski, Que., and play Game 1 of their best-of-seven series Friday at 8:30 p.m. Atlantic. Game 2 goes Saturday at 5 p.m.

The Islanders will be looking for contributions up and down its lineup.

"Sometimes it is the third- or fourth-line guys, it's not always the skilled guys," said forward Jake Coughler. "It's a different style of game when it comes to playoffs.

"You have to battle hard and when you do that, you get rewarded. We're looking for everyone to contribute and we're not just focused on one or two lines."

The Islanders saw the value in this approach last season when Kameron Kielly, Bradley Kennedy and overager Spenser Cobbold, arguably the team's third line, came through with key goals. Cobbold scored the series-clinching goal in overtime to eliminate Sherbrooke in six games. He finished the series with six goals and two assists after recording 33 points in 58 regular-season games.

"Cobbs was on fire," Kennedy said. "Everything he touched went in the net."

The Islanders also rode the play of backup goaltender Daryl MacCallum after Mason McDonald went down early in Game 3.

Charlottetown's players have played about 190 playoff games. Overage defenceman Dexter Weber leads the way with 26.

"It's important to take a deep breath and relax," Weber said. "You're still playing the game you love. It's just the playoffs. You just have to approach it like a normal game, you just have to work a little harder." 

The team has preached the process of building towards the playoffs all season.

"It's very exciting to finally get to this point," head coach Jim Hulton said. "We think we're playing the best we've played all year.

"We're healthy, we're confident, now it's time to back our words up on the ice in Rimouski."

The Oceanic is the defending champ, but lost a lot of key pieces from last season. Since the Christmas break they are 17-15-2-1 while Charlottetown is 22-7-3-1.

"Obviously, they finished ahead of us, so it's not going to be easy," Kennedy said. "Everyone's at zero wins, zero loses. Right now everyone is just looking to get four wins."



Need to know

A look at some of the statistics for the Charlottetown Islanders and Rimouski Oceanic.


Charlottetown - 35-26-5-2, ninth in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

Rimouski - 36-25-5-2, eighth.


Goals for


Charlottetown - 227.

Rimouski - 208.

Goals against

Charlottetown - 232.

Rimouski - 203.


Charlottetown - 7-0-0-0.

Rimouski - 3-0-1-0.

Top scorers

Charlottetown - Samuel Blais (33 goals, 49 assists, 82 points), Bradley Kennedy (25, 31, 56) and Filip Chlapik (12, 42, 54).

Rimouski - Antoine Dufort-Plante (23, 40, 63), Dylan Moncalm (23, 36, 59) and Tyler Boland (26, 28, 54).

Top goalie

Charlottetown - Mason McDonald (21-15-3-0, 3.33, .902). McDonald gets the start Friday.

Rimouski - Louis-Philip Guindon (32-18-4-2, 2.81, .905).

Did you know - Summerside's Carson MacKinnon is a rookie with the Oceanic. Former Islanders defenceman Guillaume Rioux-Legault and Islanders prospect Beau Rusk are Oceanic blue-liners.

Playoff schedule (all times Atlantic)

Game 1 


8:30 p.m. - Charlottetown at Rimouski.

Game 2


5 p.m. - Charlottetown at Rimouski.

Game 3


7 p.m. - Rimouski at Charlottetown.

Game 4


7 p.m. - Rimouski at Charlottetown.

Game 5*

Friday, April 1

8:30 - Charlottetown at Rimouski.

Game 6*

Sunday, April 3

7 p.m - Rimouski at Charlottetown.

Game 7*

Tuesday, April 5

8:30 p.m. - Charlottetown at Rimouski

* If necessary

Organizations: Islanders, Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Geographic location: Rimouski, Charlottetown

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